Tony-winning stage and screen star Hugh Jackman will return to the New York stage for a 10-week run of Hugh Jackman, Back on Broadway, performing musical numbers accompanied by an 18-piece orchestra. As previously reported, the show has been booked into the Broadhurst Theatre, where it will begin performances on October 25 and run through January 1, 2012. Opening night has been set for November 10.
"I can't believe it's been seven years since I was singing and dancing on Broadway,” Jackman said in a statement, referring to his Tony-winning run in The Boy From Oz. “There is nothing like performing on the Great White Way and I'm so excited to be coming ‘home.’”
Hugh Jackman, Back on Broadway, is described as “a personal selection” of the star’s favorite musical numbers that reflect on his life and career, from The Boy From Oz to Hollywood. Earlier versions of the show had sold-out runs in San Francisco and Toronto.
Jackman began his career onstage, starring in Sunset Boulevard and Beauty and the Beast in his native Australia. In London he won raves in Trevor Nunn’s staging of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! at the National Theatre. Jackman won the 2004 Best Actor Tony and many other awards for playing Peter Allen in The Boy From Oz and returned to the Great White Way in 2009 in the drama A Steady Rain.
On the big screen, Jackman has starred as Wolverine in three X-Men movies and appeared in The Fountain, The Prestige, Scoop, Australia, Swordfish, Van Helsing, Kate and Leopold and the forthcoming Real Steel, among others. He will begin filming Les Miserables, directed by Tom Hooper, early next year.
The creative team for Hugh Jackman, Back on Broadway includes Warren Carlyle (musical staging and choreography), Patrick Vaccariello (musical direction), John Lee Beatty (scenic designer), Ken Billington (lighting design), William Ivey Long (costume design), John Shivers (sound design) and Alexander V. Nichols (projection and video design).
Hugh Jackman, Back on Broadway will be produced by Robert Fox and The Shubert Organization.